After having had to reschedule the shows, the band more than made up for the wait.
Illinois pop-punk outfit Knuckle Punk took a step away from the touring to focus on their mental health, especially lead singer Joe Taylor. In a statement lat last year he said:
“The past few weeks have been incredibly challenging for many in our community, including myself. recent news has resurfaced some things from my childhood that had been repressed. those experiences have had lasting effects on my mental well-being.
the realization has been difficult to comprehend and challenging to work through. due to it, knuckle puck will need to cancel our upcoming tour of mainland europe and the united kingdom. this was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision to make. it has become clear that i need to head home to begin seeking professional help to work through what i have experienced. we do not expect future touring to be affected at this time.
we are going through an incredibly trying time in our music community. it is more apparent now than ever that the space any band occupies, including my own, should be a safe space for anyone and everyone. i want to take the appropriate time to make sure i am in a healthy mental space in order to be the best person i can be for myself, for those around me, and most importantly for those we perform to.
the rest of the band and i deeply appreciate any and all support you have sent our way and hope you will be understanding of my need to be at home for some time.”
So when the band announced their rescheduled shows to finally bring their sophomore record Shapeshifter to the UK excitement was understandably high. “You’re here and you care about those songs. That’s what matters”, the band stated.
Packed with some old favorites and new tracks the crowd was in it to win it at Camden’s Electri Ballroom. Kicking off with Gone the band had the room and their fingertips wth nothing but pure dedication. It was an absolute pleasure to see the five-piece in good shape again and ready to rock the socks off of everyone that night.
And whether it’s Fences or Disdain or Evergreen, Knuckle Puck know exactly how to pull on your heartstrings and take you on the best emotional rollercoaster of your life. “You know, when we were playing in basements we never imagined we’d be playing in London. We don’t want to put any bullshit out there. You know how we feel.” the band shared.
Going from the intensely heavy Double Helix straight into the mellow vibes of Conduit. But the crowd din’t have time to catch their breath for long as Joe called for the pits open up right before the first riffs of Pretense hit the speakers.
And as But Why Would You Care?‘s piercing vocals give us goosebumps, guitarist Nick points out “In the spirit of this song, I will never take for granted what people think about me and my friends. You guys mean so much.”
As Knuckle Puck return to the stage for their encore, we aren’t ready say goodnight just yet. Why do the good shows always end so quickly? Can we just live in a Knuckle Puck show forever? With Everyone Lies To Me and Back Porch the band remind us all why we fell in love in the first place – their lyrics, and the skin-crawling sound.